BBS Breed Spotlight: Treeing Walker Coonhound

Do you have a “Man’s Man” in your family? An all-around example of what being a man is supposed to be? Well, get ready to meet the “Hound’s Hound”. The Treeing Walker Coonhound is commonly referred to the best hound breed because they exhibit all the best qualities of its relative breeds. Whether on the hunt or in the home, the Treeing Walker Hound is one of best! Read more about this hound in’s Spotlight on the Treeing Walker Coonhound.

History & Background: Treeing Walker Coonhounds are descendants of the Walker Foxhound, which is from the family of English Foxhounds that came to America. After Thomas Walker imported the English Foxhound to Virginia in 1742 and the breed didn’t change until the 1800s when a stolen dog was bred to create a new breed called the Walker Hound or “Tennessee Lead.” However, it wasn’t until the 1940s that the Treeing Walker Coonhound was recognized as a distinct breed. Through selective breeding, this dog has excellent hunting abilities, including it’s signature move to “tree” game.

“Treeing” means the dog will track game, then follow it to the tree where the game has run, usually accompanied by placing the front paws up on the tree trunk. A fast, smart hunter that is able to find game quickly and has incredible endurance, the Treeing Walker Coonhound has been called a trailing hound with treeing instinct. Usually this dog goes after small game such as raccoons and opossums. Though this dog is still used as a reliable hunting dog, it’s also known as a wonderful family pet.

This year marks the first time the Treeing Walker Coonhound be at Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Watch the Treeing Walker compete in the show ring on February 11th at 8 pm est on CNBC.

Height: 20 to 17 inches

Weight: 50 to 70 pounds

Coat: This coonhound sports a short coat that is glossy and smooth, but dense enough for protection.

Color: Tri-colored (black, tan and white) is the standard for the Treeing Walker Coonhound. Predominately white with tan trim and a black saddle across the back is the most common coloring pattern. Black or tan ticking or spots is usual as well. Eyes are brown or black and the nose is black.

Appearance: A very well balanced dog, this coonhound is lean yet sports powerful muscles. The head is broad and full with medium-sized and low set ears, which almost reach the tip of the nose. Eyes are set apart and give the hound a soft expression. The muzzle is square and moderate in length. The shoulders of the Treeing Walker have a wide range of movement and are very strong. This dog’s chest is deep and ribs are well sprung, but not “slab-sided.” This dog’s back slopes slightly from shoulders to hind end. The tail is carried high and curves up slightly and tapers at the tip. This coonhound breed has strong, long and lean legs with thick-padded feet. Overall, the Treeing Walker Coonhound looks alert, active and intelligent.  

Temperament: Treeing Walkers are a friendly and good-natured dog breed. Whether trained as a companion pet or a hunter, this breed is easy to train. Wiling to work and happiest when active, this dog is highly intelligent and loves to be given a task to figure out. If not exercised enough, this dog can become hyper and resort to destructive behaviors. Great with children and other dogs, the Treeing Walker is calm and relaxed when at home, taking up the typical hound life when given the chance. This hound has a great sense of smell and a notable, ringing howl.

Health & Grooming: Exercise for this breed can range from long walks to extended play periods, but whatever is chosen the Treeing Walker needs habitual exercise and lots of it. Seemingly tireless, this dog can play for hours on end, which comes from its intended duty as an enduring hunter. On average, this hound lives 12 to 13 years.

This breed is very easy to groom and only needs an occasional combing or brushing. Check ears to make sure they’re clean and free of debris. This hound only needs baths when necessary and is an average shedder.

Product Suggestions: As a pet, this dog will need a toy to keep him occupied yet is durable to withstand lots of play. The West Paw Tux is a stuffable, bouncy, tough toy that will last your dog endless fetches and chewings.

This dog also needs a durable chew. The Mega Lamb Bone is a 100% natural lamb shank bone with meat still attached. This 12 inch bone will keep your Treeing Walker Coonhounds chewing for days!

Do you know or own a Treeing Walker Coonhound? Tell us your story in the comments section below!

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